Whether you’re starting your language from beginners’ level, or with prior knowledge, you’ll reach a professional standard in your chosen language through intensive learning practice and residence abroad – where you’ll spend up to a year in a country where your chosen language is spoken. You’ll complement your language studies by exploring cultures and societies around the world, choosing from a range of topics, including literature, cinema, popular culture, history and politics.
In your first year you’ll have the option to study a module that introduces concepts which are important to a wider understanding of languages, cultures and societies.
In your final year, you’ll have the opportunity to enhance your professional language skills, through modules on translation, interpreting or languages for business. Your final year will involve working on a research project, which could be a dissertation, translation or podcast. You'll also have the flexibility to choose from a range of language and cultural modules to deepen your knowledge. The international outlook and knowledge you develop alongside advanced language skills will allow you to consider career options in a range of fields when you graduate.
What languages can I study?
On the four-year BA Modern Languages degree, we offer the following languages at two entry levels: beginners or with prior experience (A-level or equivalent).
Chinese | French | German | Italian | Japanese | Portuguese | Russian | Spanish
We also offer Arabic and Thai from beginners level (please contact us before applying if you have prior experience).
You’ll need to tell us your language combination in the ‘Further Details’ section of your UCAS application.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
<p><a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/languages-undergraduate/doc/ba-languages-international-relations-modules/page/1">More information on typical modules for the different language combinations of this course</a>.</p><p>If you will be studying French or German from beginners level, a full list of typical modules available on this course will be available shortly. Note that you will study compulsory beginners language modules.</p>
Throughout your degree you will benefit from a range of opportunities to expand your intellectual horizons outside or within your subject area.
This course gives you the opportunity to choose from a range of discovery modules. They’re a great way to tailor your study around your interests or career aspirations and help you stand out from the crowd when you graduate. Find out more about discovery modules on our Broadening webpages.
Learning and teaching
Our tutors are experts in their fields whose teaching is informed by their own cutting-edge research. We use a range of teaching methods to help you benefit from their expertise, including lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. Independent study is also central to this degree, since it allows you to develop your skills in research and analysis. You’ll be able to apply your skills and knowledge in a final year research project on a topic of your own choice.
As well as being taught by our expert academics, you may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus. We are committed to an innovative and inclusive approach to teaching, which draws on a variety of activities, including flipped learning, group presentations, and bespoke digital resources to prepare you for your seminar discussions.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
We use a wide range of assessments including essays, exams, presentations, podcasts, literature reviews, reflective logs and group-written anthologies. We offer support in these areas as well. For example, we run extra classes on skills such as public speaking, structuring essays and exam techniques which you can attend throughout your time at Leeds. Assessments are designed to deliver the transferable skills needed for the world of work; task-based activities are designed to evidence critical thinking, demonstrate initiative, and show knowledge of a range of relevant subjects and sources.